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Call Goes Out to Halt BP Exploration Project

Unauthorized Discharge of Drilling Mud in Scotian Basin Raises Alarm Bells The unauthorized discharge of approximately 136 cubic metres of synthetic-based drilling mud by BP Canada Energy Group ULC (BP Canada) just two months into drilling an exploratory well in the Scotian Basin has raised alarm bells and a call to the federal government to halt the offshore project. The spill was reported on June 22 and was still under investigation as of The Navigator’s press time. Preliminary ...

Icewater Receives ACOA Funding for Cod Processing Upgrades

Icewater Seafoods Inc. will be using funding from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) to upgrade cod processing technology to improve competitiveness and maintain work for approximately 200 full and part-time employees in rural Newfoundland and Labrador. Arnold’s Cove-based Icewater will receive a provisionally repayable investment of $2.625 million from ACOA’s Business Development Program (BDP). Icewater worked with German-based Baadar Group to use its European system as ...

N.L Recreational Groundfish Fishery Reduced by Seven Days

The only major change in this year’s Newfoundland and Labrador recreational groundfish fishery is the number of fishing days. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) has said the fishery will be reduced this year to 39 days, down from 46 days in 2017. Summer Season: Saturday, June 30, 2018 to Monday, July 2, 2018 Saturday, July 7, 2018 to Monday, July 09, 2018 Saturday, July 14, 2018 to Monday, July 16, 2018 Saturday, July 21, 2018 to Monday, July 23, 2018 Saturday, ...

Predictable Reactions to Lower 2J3KL Cod Catch Limits

After several years of cautious growth, the 2J3KL commercial cod catch limits will be reduced this year. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) recently announced that the 2018 stewardship fishery management approach will include measures to ensure catches are distributed throughout the season and do not exceed 9,500 metric tonnes, a 25 per cent reduction relative to 2017. This reduction did not come as a real shock to anyone following DFO’s earlier announcement that 2J3KL cod, ...

Gulf Crab Fishery in Disarray

To say this year’s snow crab fishery in the Gulf of St. Lawrence has been a challenging one, would be an understatement. The 2018 season was delayed in opening by the presence of heavy ice in the bays and ports of the region. And once the fishery finally opened, catch rates were much lower than last year. However, the biggest disruption to the valuable fishery was the closure of crab fishing areas due to the arrival of right whales in the Gulf. At least 18 North Atlantic right whales ...

Partnership Seeks MSC Certification for Turbot Fishery

Four industry associations recently announced that Acoura Fisheries will be conducting an assessment of the NAFO areas 0A, 0B and 2+3KLMNO Canadian Greenland halibut (turbot) trawl and gillnet fishery against the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) standard for sustainable fisheries. A MSC certificate will further demonstrate the commitment of Canadian industry to fisheries sustainability. “Representing the largest share of turbot allocations in Canadian waters, the Nunavut Fisheries ...

Marketing Strategy and Access Issues on Lobster Council’s Radar

The Lobster Council of Canada (LCC) is hoping to tap into the Atlantic Fisheries Fund (AFF) for funding under the marketing section of the Canadian Fish and Seafood Program component to support a revamped marketing strategy. “We expect an announcement about the Canadian Fish and Seafood Program soon at which time we will be submitting a proposal summary and expect to be asked to submit a formal proposal for marketing Canadian lobster to the world,” said Geoff Irvine executive director of ...

Another Lobster Season in the Books

(Above) Lobster fishermen Adrian Comeau (right) and Jason LeBlanc offload lobster traps from the Ella & Jace at the wharf in Meteghan, Digby County, in the final days of the LFA 34 season. Kathy Johnson photos Harsh Weather Had Major Impact on Southwest Nova Fishery The pots are now ashore in lobster fishing areas (LFA) 33 and 34. This marks the end of a season where the weather has hampered fishing efforts, including a one-day delay in the scheduled season opening of November ...

New Management Measures for Atlantic Mackerel

New management measures for Atlantic mackerel being introduced across the Maritime Region by the federal department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) this year include dockside monitoring and a limit on handlines. “DFO will be requiring 25 per cent dockside monitoring coverage for landings in the vessel-based mackerel fisheries (gillnet and handline) and the trap net fisheries,” states a notice to fish harvesters dated April 13. “The landings from these two fisheries accounted ...

Future of FISH-NL Now in Question

After a wait of nearly 16 months, the Newfoundland and Labrador Labour Relations Board finally released a much-anticipated report into the quest of The Federation of Independent Sea Harvesters of Newfoundland and Labrador (FISH-NL) to trigger a certification vote with the aim of representing inshore fish harvesters. However, the report’s findings might not have been the result FISH-NL was hoping for. Submitted to the Labour Relations Board on Dec. 30, 2016, FISH-NL’s application for ...